Po-Hsuan Keng

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Po-Hsuan Keng

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 1", Weight 235 lb.

Po-Hsuan Keng spent his third season in the US minors in 2007. He has pitched for the Taiwanese national team in several events, including the Olympics.

Keng was 2-0 with a 4.63 ERA in the 2002 World Junior Championship, allowing one run in 5 1/3 IP in the semifinals against the US for the victory. Players on the US team included Delmon Young, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Lastings Milledge and Ian Stewart. He tied six other hurlers, including Chad Billingsley and Dave Davidson for the most wins in the tournament.

He was 1-1 with a 4.05 ERA in the 2004 Haarlem Baseball Week.

Keng was awful in the 2004 Olympics, allowing hits to four batters, walking one and retiring none during a relief stint in a 10-2 loss to the Cuban national team.

Keng signed with the Toronto Blue Jays and debuted professionally with the 2005 Lansing Lugnuts, going 5-5 with a 5.08 ERA; opponents hit .303 against the 20-year-old. He started in the 2005 Baseball World Cup against the Japanese national team and allowed one run in four innings, walking four. His relievers surrendered six in the next five as Taiwan lost 5-1; Keng got a no-decision.

Keng allowed only one hit and no runs in three innings of work during the 2006 World Baseball Classic. He was 1-4 with 3 saves and a 2.33 ERA in 32 games for Lansing in 2006 and 0-1 with a 10.38 ERA and .410 opponent average in 7 appearances for the Dunedin Blue Jays. He was on the Taiwan entry that won Bronze in the 2006 Intercontinental Cup, going 0-1 with a 3.68 ERA and two saves in five games as the team's closer. His loss was a rough one against the Dutch national team. He entered in the 9th of a 1-1 game, relieving Yueh-Ping Lin and retired three of four batters. In the 10th, he walked Sharnol Adriana, who was bunted over by Roel Koolen. Keng walked Sidney de Jong. Ivanon Coffie singled to load the bases. Raily Legito hit a sacrifice fly to score Adriana. Danny Rombley singled home de Jong and Coffie. Keng then walked Michael Duursma before being yanked in favor of Sung-Wei Tseng. He had allowed 3 runs, 4 walks and 2 hits in a 1 1/3 IP. He tied Pedro Luis Lazo and Dave Draijer for second in the Cup in saves, one behind Shoji Matsuoka.

In 2007, Keng was 1-5 with 6 saves and a 4.50 ERA for Lansing. He rejoined Taiwan's national team for the 2007 Baseball World Cup and was 0-1 with a 2.45 ERA in the event. His loss came in relief against the Dutch national team; Keng relieved Ming-Chieh Hsu in the 8th with a one-run lead, two out and two on and retired Sidney de Jong. In the 9th, he got the first two batters before Vince Rooi hit a game-tying homer. Keng pitched a scoreless 10th and then allowed a de Jong single to open the 11th. Fu-Te Ni relieved him and gave up four runs. As de Jong had gotten on base against Keng, Keng took the loss. Keng faced four batters in the 2007 Asian Championship - he walked two, allowed one hit and a sacrifice hit. He was charged with two runs.

Due to a strained elbow from a bone chip which sidelined him until the second half of June, Keng came off the DL in the third week of June. He only pitched one minor league game in 2008, allowing 5 hits and 2 runs in 1/3 of an inning for the GCL Blue Jays and getting his release a week later.

Keng was on Taiwan's roster for the 2009 World Baseball Classic but did not pitch in the tournament.

Keng was the #3 pick in the CPBL "New Player Draft" in December 2008, taken by the La New Bears. He made his CPBL debut on April 2.

Sources: MILB.com, 2007 Blue Jays Media Guide, Defunct IBAF site, World Baseball Classic site, 2006 Intercontinental Cup game between the Netherlands and Taiwan, 2004 Haarlem Baseball Week stats